Sunday, March 1, 2015

0 Conquered Mt. Haponang Banoy (Rodriguez, Rizal)

Our friend is inviting us to join him in conquering the mountain in Rodriguez, Rizal. According to him, this is not yet known for some hikers and no one has been there yet (Please correct us if we were wrong). In my research, this mountain is 462m and it ranks as the 19th highest mountain in the province of Rizal based on peakery data. 

On the fourth Saturday of January, we met up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao and had a quick breakfast to have strength and energy. We then left Cubao at around five in the morning going to Eastwood/Montalban. In front of Mini Stop store, we met Jeff together with our new hiking buddies Jane and Raquel. We chartered a tricycle bound to Brgy. Wawa and meet our guide, Emman.
view from the peak

Afterward, we start walking passing through hanging bridge. The first part of the trail is a bit steep and forested. We passed by “mang-uuling”, forty five minutes after; we were welcomed by a rocky trail. This is it! Each step is going up and down, up and down. It is getting harder because the trail is not yet established. This is, indeed, challenging!

Hikers should wear gloves and long trekking pants as the rocks are very sharp. It requires scrambling, rock climbing, and bouldering. At the summit, the view is stunningly beautiful and one can see the panoramic view of Rizal.

For me, if I am going to rate the difficulty of the mountain, its 9/9 because so far this is the hardest mountain I even climbed. I am having a hard time climbing this mountain, but exciting! And most of all, we had so much fun!

topmost

Itinerary
05:00AM – Meet up at Jollibee Farmers Cubao
06:00AM – Arrived at Eastwood/Montalban
06:30AM – Jump-off Brgy. Wawa
07:00AM – Trek started
11:30AM – Summit
12:00NN – Lunch/Rest
01:30PM – Descent
04:00PM – Arrived at jump-off, snacks
04:30PM – Sidetrip (Wawa Dam)
05:00PM – Back to Cubao

Expenses
 50Php each – FX from Cubao to Eastwood/Montalban
10Php each – Tricycle from Eastwood to Wawa
***we gave 100Php each to the Guide

How to get there?
Take a FX/Van bound to Eastwood/Montalban and drop off to Eastwood Mini Stop. Take a tricycle or jeep going to Brgy. Wawa. Meet the guide.

Contact:
Local Guide, Emman 0949-395-6589

This is my eighteenth conquered mountain! Happy hiking! 

More photos here...

Marco

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

0 Mt. Maculot – Rockies – Grotto Traverse

We already climbed the famous Rockies in Mount Maculot. We’ve done it by twin day hike; Rockies and Manabu Peak. Maculot has three destinations: 1) the Rockies, 2) Summit, and 3) Grotto. Most hikers are just stop at the Rockies only and few people will pursue the traverse. But, that’s my group is going to do. We will explore the forested side of the mountain.

The mountain is about 930 meters above sea level. The trail to the summit is easy and mostly forested. From the Rockies, it takes only an hour to reach the summit. And, at the summit, one can see the Rockies surrounded by waters of Taal Lake and Taal volcano is also visible here. However, there are some part of the trail that is overgrown, but don’t worry because it is not difficult to follow.

From the summit, we go down and follow the trail that leads to Grotto. This part is quite steep and there are some parts that one used rope on the descent. The forest ends where the Grotto appears and just follows the station of the cross to downward until reach the end of the trail. 

Overall, climbing Mt. Maculot traverse is a very easy and wonderful experience to share to your friends and co-hikers. The view is stunning especially if the cloud is so clear! It can be combined for a twin day hike with Manabu Peak. 



Itinerary
04:00AM – Meet up
05:30AM – Ride a bus bound to Cuenca, Batangas (signboard Lemery)
07:30AM – Arrived at Cuenca, ride a tricycle to jump-off, registration 
08:00AM – Start trek
09:45AM – Campsite
10:00AM – Rockies
11:00AM – Trek from Rockies to Summit
12:00NN – Summit
12:15PM – Trek to Grotto
02:00PM – Arrived Grotto (Our Lady of Lourdes)
02:30PM – Jump-off, rest, freshen up
03:00PM – Back to Lipa City
05:30PM – Manila bound

Expense:
147Php each – Bus
20Php each – Tricycle
334Php each – Guide Fee ( 1000Php for Traverse)

How to get there?
Take a bus (Cubao/Pasay) bound to Lemery, Batangas and drop off Cuenca. Then, ride a tricycle going to Registration booth and get a guide (required).

More photos, click >>> Here!

Happy Hiking!
Marco

Thursday, February 12, 2015

0 Ideal Gift For a Romantic Valentine's Day

Are you thinking the best gift for your love ones? Do you want a romantic gift for someone you love dearly? Or you’re thinking what to buy or plan for a romantic gift? 

Ok, here’s my top ideal gift for Valentine’s Day:

SHOW TICKETS
If she love concert shows, buy tickets for show for two, whether it's a concert, Opera, play or a romantic movie that she loves – brings you closer.

BOOK
If your girlfriend is a bookworm. Then, tt can be reflective and staff if you can buy a new novel that she has been dying to read.

SCRAPBOOK
You must think of what is the theme do scrapbook. Have patience, effort, and to be creative to make one. The best thing to do is to aggregate all your photos together … If you travel in the city and travel the country together. It collects and put it into your scrapbook and makes some notes on each image or adds your own poetic feelings. This is very personal and your significant other will surely love it!

JEWELRY
All women like jewelry, but not all of them love all the jewelries. Some of them do not wear any jewelry either. If she does not wear jewelry, so don't waste any one of your own money. I think the best thing to do is listening to your other-half what she likes. However, if your partner loves jewelry, then go. 

And, if you are planning to propose to your girlfriend, then this is a perfect season to get a jewelry and propose to her during sunset. It’s indeed very passionate!

A WEEKEND GETAWAY
I know that most women love surprises. Thus, if you have a budget, think of this as the best place to visit or where she wanted to go. A weekend requires some research and efforts. Organize a trip for you and your partner can be a relaxation. Taking a romantic theme goes here, she likes candlelight dinner with music playing, ordering room service to take a spa or massage and watching the sunset together. Oh, guys, it's very romantic.

I hope you can get an idea of what I have posted here. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Enjoy! Be a romantic! :)

Friday, February 6, 2015

2 2015 Panagbenga Festival Schedule of Activities

The festival gets the name from a Kankanaey term, it means “a season for blossoming,” that’s why; it is also called the Flower Festival. It is also the biggest festival in the northern region that features street dance and flower float competitions.

Here’s the schedule of Activities:

February 1, 2015: 

Opening Ceremonies and Street Dancing Parade Competition
(Drum and Lyre Dance Competition – Elementary Division)
Locations: Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Harrison Road, Baguio Athletic Bowl

Opening Concert
Location: To Be Announced

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 2 – 14, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 15, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Handong ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio
Location: Melvin Jones

Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom
Location: Melvin Jones

Panagbenga 2015 Kite-Flying Challenge
Location: Melvin Jones

Panagbenga Variety Show
Location: Melvin Jones

Fireworks Display
Location: Melvin Jones

February 16 – 18, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 19, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Chinese Spring Festival
Location: City-wide

February 19 – 22, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

PMA Grand Alumni Home Coming
Location: Philippine Military Academy, Loakan Road

February 23 – 27, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Floral Arrangement Competition and School-based Landscaping Competitiong (Judging)
Location: Elementary and Highschools in Baguio City

February 28, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Grand Street Dancing Parade
Locations: Panagbenga Park, Session Road, Harrison Road, Athletic Bowl

Sponsors’and Exhibitors’ Day
Location: Athletic Bowl

March 1 , 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Grand Float Parade
Locations: DILG, Session Road, Harrison Road, Athletic Bowl

Sponsors’and Exhibitors’ Day
Location: Athletic Bowl

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

March 2 – 6, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

March 7, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

Pony Boys’ Day
Location: Athletic Bowl

March 8, 2015

Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Session Road in Bloom
Location: Session Road

Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display
Locations: Athletic Bowl and various areas in Baguio’s (Central Business District) CBD

See you there!!! Enjoy!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

0 2015 - 6TH Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is an annual event will shows the spectacular lights and colors, held at SM Mall of Asia.

Here's the schedule and list of participating countries:

February 07, 2015
Philippines – Platinum Firework, Inc.
Japan – Akariya Fireworks

February 14, 2015
Italy – Marterello Group
Brazil – Vision Show

February 21, 2015
Mexico – Sirius Pyrotechnics
The Netherlands – Royal Fireworks

February 28, 2015
Portugal – Grupo Luso
Sweden – Goteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik

March 07, 2015
Canada – Royal Pyrotechnie
United Kingdom – Jubilee Fireworks

March 14, 2015
China – Polaris Fireworks
Philippines – Platinum Fireworks, Inc.

***Note: Show start at 7:30PM

Pyromusical Ticket Prices:
Silver – 100Php
Gold – 300Php
VIP – 500Php
Patron with Dinner – 1,500Php


Where to get Pyromusical Tickets?

  • www.pyrophilippines.com

Contact Person: Mr. Dave Santos
Contact Number: (63) 917-958-8100
Email add: pipticketing@yahoo.com

  • www.smtickets.com Tel. No.: (02) 470-222
  • www.ticketnet.com.ph Tel. No.: (02) 911-5555
  • www.ticketworld.com.ph Tel. No.: (02) 891-9999
See you there!!! :)
 
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